President Rodrigo Duterte is asking for six more months to put an end to the drug menace and criminality in the country.
Duterte, who vowed to end drugs and curb crime in the first six months of his presidency, admitted he did not have any idea that there were hundreds of thousands already in the drug business. Speaking in a recent press conference in Davao City, he said his administration is trying its best to address kidnapping, terrorism, drugs and other security concerns. He promised to bare a new list of about 1,000 government employees involved in illegal drugs, including barangay or village chiefs who are conniving with or extending assistance to terrorists and drug lords. Officials said there are about 3.7 million drug addicts in the Philippines. The government’s war against drugs has so far claimed the lives of about 3,000 suspected drug offenders.